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I’ve never been much of a journal writer, but when I came across the free RedNotebook software I knew it was something I had to try out. It’s a simple way to manage a daily journal on your computer without having to think about things such as actually saving your entries since it is taken care of automatically.

There are some nice benefits to using RedNotebook over your typical handwritten journal. For starters your can embed things like images or files right into the body of your journal entry. The instant search feature is also pretty incredible since it returns journal results as-you-type and lets you switch to a matching entry simply by double-clicking on it in the results list. It will also highlight the search words in the entry to make them a little easier to find.

Here are some of the other features you’ll find in RedNotebook:

  • Tagging
  • Spell Check
  • Format your text bold, italic or underlined
  • Insert Images, files and links to websites
  • Links and mail addresses are recognized automatically
  • Live-Search
  • Automatic saving
  • Backup to zip archive
  • Word Clouds with most often used words and tags
  • Templates
  • Export the journal to PDF, HTML, Latex or plain text
  • The data is stored in plain text files, no database is needed
  • Translated into more than 20 languages

I don’t know if I’ll ever make use of this program, but when it comes to free journal software this is one of the few apps that actually feels like there was some thought put into it.

RedNotebook Homepage (Windows/Linux; Freeware)
Note: You can also use this on a Mac, but it has some other software requirements you’ll have to download first.